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How to reduce your electricity bill by turning off the lights?

Did you know that light represents approximately 20% of the energy expenditure of most Spanish homes?

Although we all know that saving energy is good, especially for our pockets, we're not always aware of the tricks to improve energy consumption.

When we talk about saving energy, we can tackle this in several ways. The first is to contract the electrical power supply rating that suits our real needs. Another way is to reduce electricity costs on large appliances.

However, one of the key ways, which is usually the most commonly forgotten, is lighting.

Reducing electricity bills is easy if you follow a few simple guidelines and make them habits, allowing savings to become systematic.

So for this, we will describe how to save energy by turning off lights.

It's that simple, an easy habit, which is fast and easy.

If you turn these actions into habits, you will notice the difference:


1. The simplest: turn off the lights when leaving each room

If you get used to it and turn off the lights every time you leave a room, the result will be remarkable. It seems obvious and so simple, but you'll be surprised to learn that leaving things switched on is also one of the most frequent things we do throughout a day.

You can apply it to other devices too by pressing the on-off button to switch appliances off when not in use. Do this, and then see the difference afterwards.


2. Use the cheapest light source: the sun

Take advantage of daylight hours and enjoy the cheapest energy, the sun. Open your blinds, curtains and shutters, and take advantage of natural light. As well as the savings made by switching lights off, you can also economise by using other light sources at zero additional cost.

Naturally, rooms facing south, south west and east will receive more daylight hours, so you can take advantage of this by making these rooms your living room or office.

On the other hand, rooms facing north and north east will get fewer hours of natural light, so it's best to make them your rest areas, or maybe rooms where you don't carry out activities that require good light for long stretches of time.


3. Use pale colours in rooms with less natural light

Daylight provides the illumination while pale colours reflect the light and make the room appear brighter.


4. Use the right light bulb for each purpose

You should not light each room the same, nor should you use the same light bulbs everywhere. It depends on your tastes, of course, but also on the purpose that you intend for each room.

There are many types of light bulb and taking some time to consider the best lighting and the type of light bulb, saves us money and energy in the long term.

Also, when choosing LED lighting, you should read the following content: LED bulbs:How long do they last and how much do they save?


5. Consider "lumens" and not just watts

Not everyone knows this, but lumens indicate the brightness of the bulb while watts indicate its power, which are not the same. Identify the locations that require the most illumination and select the bulbs with the most lumens for those areas, and likewise, do the opposite in areas that require less illumination, and this will result in consumption savings.

Thus, you will reduce your electricity bill. Don't forget to put these simple tips into practice and above all, turn off the lights, every time you leave a room, or when natural light is enough.

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